T-Mobile unthrottles unlimited data

The carrier cuts the caps on new unlimited data plans, an iconic Nintendo magazine powers down, and a look at the Hollywood tech used to design Ford cars.

Wednesday's tech news roundup is at full throttle:

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T-Mobile will launch a truly unlimited data plan beginning Sept. 5 . No caps or throttling. Sprint also offers this, but T-Mobile is competing with pricing. Sprint's starting price for unlimited data is $80 a month, and users are limited to 450 voice minutes. T-Mobile also starts it at $80 a month, but throws in 500 minutes. The larger difference is when you want both unlimited data and unlimited talk; Sprint charges $110, T-Mobile charges $90 a month. Of course, there's also smartphone choice and service to consider . T-Mobile will still keep it's other data plans around.

PayPal has partnered with Discover to expand its mobile wallet service. By next year, businesses that take Discover would also be able to take payments with PayPal. No details yet on exactly how transactions would work, but it would likely be similar to how The Home Depot takes PayPal.

Evidence keeps rolling in that the next iPhone is coming out Sept. 21. The latest clue: Verizon staff have been told they can't take vacation that day, or the following week.

Also next month, we should finally hear about the price and launch date of the new Nintendo Wii U console. Nintendo is holding a press event in New York on Sept. 13 .

But in less cheery Nintendo news, it's the end of an era for the magazine Nintendo Power . It will publish its last issue this year, after 24 years of writing about upcoming games, tips and cheats. These magazines were a vital source of information before the Internet. Ars Technica reports that Nintendo Power's publisher couldn't strike up a new contract with Nintendo to keep the magazine going.

Did you know that the same technology used to capture human movement for animated movies is also used to design cars? While at an exhibit for the 2013 Ford Fusion, I got a demo the virtual reality Ford engineers use to design a car's interior. The motion capture system simulates a driver in that environment, and it helps show how comfortable a driver would be when trying to reach different knobs or compartments. Check out the video below to see how it works:

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